INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated June 28, 2019


INSOR Reviews Results of First Four Years of Work

March 20, 2012

The Institute of Contemporary Development was established four years ago in March 2008, when the newly elected Russian President Dmitry Medvedev became chairman of the think tank’s Board of Trustees. A special meeting was held at INSOR on March 20 to review the results of the organization’s efforts.

INSOR Experts Meet with CIPPS Delegation

March 13, 2012

The Institute of Contemporary Development hosted a meeting with a delegation from the Center for International Public Policy Studies (CIPPS, Japan). The participants discussed issues concerning the modernization of the Russian economy.

Short presentations were made by INSOR Director for Social-Economic Development Evgeny Gontmakher and Senior Advisor Nikita Maslennikov. The CIPPS delegation included former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and the directors of top Japanese companies.

INSOR Joins the Council of Councils

March 12, 2012

INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens and Director for International Development Sergei Kulik participated in the first conferences of the Council of Councils, a new international think tank organization created on the initiative of the Council on Foreign Relations.

For more information, see the CFR website.

INSOR Roundtable Examines Labor Migration Issues

February 28, 2012

The Institute of Contemporary Development held a roundtable called “No Immigrants. What Should Be Done?” The discussion focused on whether there are alternatives to immigration from abroad to help resolve the looming crisis on Russia’s labor market.

The event was organized by the Moscow Psychosocial University (MPSU), Institute of Contemporary Development and the Academic Research Center for Social-Economic Population Issues (MPSU).

Opening the discussion, INSOR Management Board Member Evgeny Gontmakher noted that the present economic situation in Russia is quite complicated. “The entire resource of the economy is in people. Thus the problems of immigration are coming to the forefront,” he emphasized.

Igor Yurgens: Russia Looks to Its Future

February 8, 2012

INSOR Chairman Igor Yurgens delivered the annual John Erickson Lecture, which was organized by Edinburgh University’s Princess Dashkova Centre. In his lecture, ‘Modernisation in Russia: Things to Come, Things to Overcome’, Professor Yurgens gave an overview of Russia’s recent history, concentrating on the Medvedev presidency since 2008 and the consequences of Vladimir Putin’s probable return to the Presidency after March 2012.

Arguing that Russia’s main problems are resource dependency, corruption and the pervasive legacy of autocracy, he contended that the solution was a modernisation of the political and economic system, including the expansion of democratic procedures and citizen involvement.

INSOR Hosts Roundtable of Supremacy of Law and the Economy

January 31, 2012

The Institute of Contemporary Development hosted the roundtable Supremacy of Law and the Economy. The event was organized by the Center for Legal and Economic Studies.

A new legal reality is developing in Russia: the legal system can no longer exist or develop apart from the economy, and vice versa. The aim of the roundtable was to examine the phenomenon of the supremacy of law as a factor which has a substantial influence on society’s evolutionary development, including such issues as:

1. Realization of the principles of a legal state: subordination of the state to law; formal equality before the law for all, regardless of proximity to power; supremacy of law as a method for forming a socially and economically effective model of society. 

INSOR Releases Report on Prospects for Global Economy

December 25, 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Development has published a report titled The Global Economy at the Crossroads. The report presents experts' views on what is in store for the world and Russia as the global economy strives to emerge from its structural crisis.

An excerpt in English can be found here: 

The full report in Russian can be found here:

Institute of Contemporary Development Starts Twitter Feed

December 13, 2011

Starting December 13, INSOR is now on the social network Twitter. The organization intends to use this platform for providing timely information about the INSOR’s work, events and publications.

For now, the institution is only providing Russian language information via Twitter.

Follow us at!/INSORussia

EBRD Report Presented at INSOR

November 25, 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Development hosted the presentation of the annual report of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – Crisis in Transition: The People’s Perspective. The main theses of the report were presented by EBRD’s Chief Economist Erik Berglof.

The report focuses on understanding both the 2008-10 crisis and its longer-term implications. It also contains a broad overview of the progress of reforms and macroeconomic changes among transitional economies of the region.

Noting the main changes with regard to structural reforms, EBRD analysts believe that Russia’s key priorities for 2012 should be as follows:

German-Russian Forum on Formation of Social Policy Held in Berlin

November 9, 2011

The fourth German-Russian expert forum Formation of Social Policy has been held in Berlin, organized by the Institute of Contemporary Development and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. For four years now Russian and German experts have been gathering in Russia and Germany to discuss the most critical problems in social policy, including such issues as formation and development of the social state, labor regulation issues and the peculiarities of social labor relations, social security systems, and ways for decreasing poverty.